Julie Wallace; Owner/Instructor/Life Coach
Julie’s dedication to the instruction of yoga, holistic approach for healthy living, and general encouragement for overall wellbeing resonates through her life experiences as well as the programs offered at Bloom Yoga & Wellness. Having experienced the transformative power of yoga in her own life, she is a strong believer in yoga as an essential healing element for both mind and body. She is committed to bringing the gift of yoga to her students in an arena of comfort and safety. She is trained extensively in Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga and received her core training from the prestigious Yoga Vidya Gurukul located in Nasik, India. As a certified Ma Yoga Prenatal Technique instructor, her prenatal classes offer an invigorating and empowering practice that includes instinctive positioning and movements to help prepare the mind and body for birth. Certified in Therapeutic Yoga through Cheri Clampett and The Therapeutic Yoga Training Program, Julie addresses the individual and diverse needs of her students including the aging population, and those confronted with chronic illness or injury. Outside of yoga, Julie is a licensed and specialty-certified New Life Story® Coach. This unique, proven system of coaching blends the insights of psychology, neuroscience, and quantum physics with strategic coaching mentoring clients to live life to the fullest. Aside from New Life Story® Coaching, Julie is also a Certified Life Coach offering guidance and expertise in the areas of health and wellness, midlife transitions, relationships, and overall personal growth. Additionally, Julie is an Authorized Coach of Dr. Jonny Bowden’s Diet Boot Camp System™ enabling clients to employ a mind body connection empowering them to be healthier, happier, and more productive. Julie continues to study and train with the objective of bringing a higher practice to all her clients. Julie@BloomYogaFitness.com
Renee Braunsdorf, MSW,RYT; Instructor
Promoting health and healing – for herself and others – have always been central values in Renee’s life. After earning her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University, she practiced the art of psychotherapy for many years. Also, as an avid participant in numerous forms of physical exercise, Renee has always been cognizant of the importance of attending to the physical realm in promoting total health. Despite the satisfactions of her work and her workouts, something was missing in her quest for a sense of peace and wellbeing. In the summer of 2004, she attended her first yoga class and was immediately impressed with yoga’s comprehensive attention to the development of the whole person – the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual. It was through her yoga practice and teacher training that Renee first experienced the profound peace that can occur through the connection of mind, body, and spirit in asana practice, breath work, and yogic teachings.Renee strives to maintain a consistent yoga practice on and off the mat, and has been teaching since 2007. She is a graduate of Kim Valeri’s YOGAspirit Studios 200 hour teacher training program. She has also studied Vinyasa, Tantra Hatha Yoga, Anusara, Power Yoga, Yoga Tune Up, and Sanskrit with Seane corn, Kitty Moore, Anne Greene and Todd Norian, Rolf Gates, Jill Miller, Sadie Nardini and Manorama. In June 2009, she receive her certification to teach seniors from the Lotus Gardens Yoga Teacher Training Program. She teaches chair and standing yoga to seniors at Pond Ridge Assisted Living Program in Wallingford, Connecticut. Renee’s true passion is to use her yoga teacher training to help combat veterans. She became certified in October 2009 as a Yoga Warrior instructor in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and The Mind-Body connection from the Central Mass Yoga Institute with Lucy Cimini.Renee’s classes are eclectic, drawing from many different yogic styles. She believes in building a bridge between the practice on the mat and daily life. Renee designs her classes to be a balance of hard work and playfulness. Renee@BloomYogaFitness.com
Clementene Delaney; Instructor
Clem shares her love for yoga by helping students obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She completed her 200 hour YOGASpirit® Studios Teacher Training from Kim Valeri in Hamden, CT. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance® as RYT 200 hour, and CPR and Standard First Aid certified. Dedicated to the art of yoga, Clem has attended well over 100+ hours of training with various master yoga teachers including Seane Corne, Bender Birch, Rod Stryker, Amy Reed, Jarvis Chen, Jill Miller, Tias Little, Anne Greene, and Judith Lasater. As a real estate agent since 1985, Clem understands yoga as a vital force to de-stress and re-energize the body in today’s hectic lifestyle. Teaching yoga since 2008, her classes support students in balancing the body, mind, and spirit. Clementene@BloomYogaFitness.com
Cynthia Griffin; Instructor
Cynthia Griffin, an avid exercise enthusiast, started her journey in 1984 with bodybuilding and aerobics. Finding that something was missing in her routines, she ventured into Tai Chi Chun, belly dancing and yoga. Cynthia is a certified Embodyoga Instructor and personal trainer. She combines her techniques and knowledge to create well-balanced and flowing classes. Cynthia is also a Connecticut licensed massage therapist and has been bringing relaxation to her clients since 2003. Cynthia@BloomYogaFitness.com
Bethany Wallace; Instructor
Bethany was first introduced to yoga in 2004 while studying dance at The University of Colorado. She found that yoga helped ease the aches and pains of her dancer body and provided a quiet space in her hectic schedule. After only a few classes, she knew she had to share her love of yoga through teaching.
Soon after, she began studying under the instruction of Barbara Ruzansky at West Hartford Yoga, where she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification. Bethany continued her studies training with Ellen Heed, Jill Miller, and others. Bethany is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, she is certified in BarSculpt, and is currently training in prenatal yoga.
Bethany’s passion is bringing yoga into underserved communities. She has worked with the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Southington and has volunteered yoga classes with the Connecticut State Veteran’s home in Rocky Hill, Girl Scouts of America, and The Bridge. Bethany@BloomYogaFitness.com
Morgan Wallace; Instructor
Morgan’s passion for yoga quickly developed after herfirst class in 2006. At the time, she was a competitive dancer and hoped that yoga would help her maintain her flexibility. She immediately fell in love with the practice and began attending classes as often as possible. Desiring to deepen her understanding of yoga and to share her love of the practice, Morgan made the decision to become certified as a yoga teacher. In the summer of 2007 Morgan began her training and moved to the world-renowned Kripalu Yoga Center. Under the guidance of Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds, Morgan received her 200 Hour yoga teacher’s training certificate and became certified through Yoga Alliance. Morgan’s classes are a unique blend of yoga styles with a dynamic flow of postures where students of all levels enjoy the comforts of a warm, safe, and friendly environment. Morgan@BloomYogaFitness.com
Becky Zike; Instructor
With over ten years experience in the fitness industry and a personal passion for marathon running, Becky truly understands fitness as the cornerstone to overall mental stability and physical wellbeing. Becky has been a sport enthusiast her whole life, but always felt she was missing a holistic form of movement until she discovered yoga. Now an avid yoga practitioner, her body and mind connection turns daily stress into a tool for self-discipline and growth. Becky is nationally certified by The Aerobics and Fitness Association of American (AFAA) and also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology. Becky understands the challenges that come with motivation and wanting to change, and looks forward to sharing her experience and expertise with her students. Becky@BloomYogaFitness.com